from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A written note intended as an explanation, illustration, or criticism of a passage in a book or other writing; an annotation.
  • noun A series of annotations or explanations.
  • noun A statement of fact or opinion, especially a remark that expresses a personal reaction or attitude.
  • noun An implied conclusion or judgment.
  • noun Talk; gossip.
  • noun Computers A string of text in a program that does not function in the program itself but is used by the programmer to explain instructions.
  • noun Linguistics The part of a sentence that provides new information about the topic.
  • intransitive verb To make a comment; remark.
  • intransitive verb To serve as a judgmental commentary.
  • intransitive verb To make comments on; annotate.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To make remarks or observations, as on an action, an event, a proceeding, or an opinion; especially, to write critical or expository notes on the works of an author.
  • To make remarks or notes upon; expound; discuss; annotate.
  • To feign; devise.
  • noun A spoken or written remark or observation; a remark or note; especially, a written note intended as a criticism, explanation, or expansion of a passage in a book or other writing; annotation; explanation; exposition.
  • noun Talk or discourse upon a particular subject; gossip.
  • noun Synonyms Annotation, etc. Sec remark, n.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb Archaic. To comment on.
  • intransitive verb To make remarks, observations, or criticism; especially, to write notes on the works of an author, with a view to illustrate his meaning, or to explain particular passages; to write annotations; -- often followed by on or upon.
  • noun A remark, observation, or criticism; gossip; discourse; talk.
  • noun A note or observation intended to explain, illustrate, or criticise the meaning of a writing, book, etc.; explanation; annotation; exposition.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A spoken remark.
  • noun programming A remark in source code which does not affect the behavior of the program.
  • verb transitive To remark.
  • verb intransitive To make remarks or notes.
  • verb software To insert comments into source code.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a report (often malicious) about the behavior of other people
  • verb provide interlinear explanations for words or phrases
  • noun a written explanation or criticism or illustration that is added to a book or other textual material
  • verb explain or interpret something
  • verb make or write a comment on
  • noun a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Late Latin commentum, interpretation, from Latin, contrivance, from neuter past participle of comminīscī, to devise; see men- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Late Latin commentum, from comminisci ("to invent").


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  • regarding singletree

    I understand it is part of a harness system. a horizontal bar that allows a horse to pull a wagon. however, McMurtry uses it in Lonesome Dove in terms of a saddle. is this a southwestern/historical term for a kind of saddle? If so, what kind? Can't find anything on singletree saddle. Did find "tree" is wooden foundation of saddle.

    • The main thing that bothered him was that he lacked a saddle, but July took care of that by borrowing an old singletree from Peach Johnson.

    —Lonesome Dove

    • "It's better than that old singletree of yours," Pea Eye said.

    —Lonesome Dove

    So how does an old wooden bar with some rings on it "take care of" the lack of a saddle?

    November 8, 2010